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j robin

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  1. about the alien head runs...will they continue to stand alone?
  2. I agree that the rolling of the log when it's evil cold is torture, but I really enjoy finding them. odds are, the cache will still be there than if it was an altoids tin. they make for clever hiding spots that wouldn't be an option otherwise. I prefer a nano on a fire hydrant to a 35mm in a light pole anyday. stealthier to grab too. So it isn't the "finding" part of a nano cache that is so much the problem but dealing with the issues that a nano sized container creates then? TGC
  3. favorites bug me. there are great caches that few people are going to learn about. when we log it, as if we liked it. that's all. would a rating convince me NOT to do a cache. maybe if it had terrain issues or the CO was a butt. who's going to rate a light pole as a favorite unless it's in her favorite mall? still, they have their place, just like guardrails. go by the log & word of mouth. it's worked well so far...
  4. Same here - happens on IE, Firefox and Flock can't search ANYthing via my phone on any android apps. couldn't log finds & was even unable to find my own hides. please don't say this is a way to have people get Groundspeak's app because it's not the best out there & those better are free.
  5. No, because it was a traditional cache and they all found it. :/ That's the piece of the puzzle you left out. Since it sounds like more than one posted CFTF, then I would guess it's Co First To Find. I've seen it here as CFTF & CoFTF.
  6. because they're there... ...and 1...........and 8.
  7. Nice stalking err, I mean detective work. This is a zero find/zero hide account. I guess you can't say for sure if they're trying to stir the pot. But it certainly is a dead horse subject. LOVE the stalking comment! I too, am a stalker detective. it's an unappreciated art.
  8. me! I LOVE it! now if I could just find my marbles I might find a cache or two...
  9. Thing is, and it depends on the circumstances (difficulty of hide etc), I wouldn't necessarily see 2 DNFs as meaning there is a problem. Depends on the wording of the DNF logs I guess. I had 2 DNFs in a row (might have been 3) on one of our caches but it was fine. I did however give the last DNFer a further hint and he went back next day and found it. If I hadn't it would have been sitting there perfectly happy with 2 or 3 DNFs on it. As a cacher I watch caches I couldn't find (on the watch list) and see what happens. After a few weeks they either accumulate a few more DNFs and the CO goes and takes a look, or they are found soon after and i'll go back and have another go. No point sitting worrying about it, and if the CO is not one to respond to emails then all you can do is watch, and wait thanks. sounds like you understand both sides & it's appreciated. I actually check in on my two DNFs more often than I get to go out to cache. nothing yet but I have my doubts about the one I'm pretty much whining about. it's in a horrible place, though not far from my neighborhood. it's behind an abandoned Burger King in a so-so area that has enough trash to fill a couple of dumpsters. no needles but booze bottles, cans & assorted yuckies. I went because I'll take any opportunity to see something new in the area (moved less than 2 years ago from out-of-state). not an area I'd recommend for a senior or someone with kids, but that's just me. I just think I'll write it off as a "didn't find & don't care to look again", if there were such a listing. as a newbie, hints would be appreciated, but ANY reply would be nice when you try to contact the CO directly. even a "buzz off or look harder" would be appreciated more than silence. TO ALL: remember, everyone was a newbie at one time or another...and it's a game, for fun.
  10. the mirror is an EXCELLENT idea. use them when working on cars. wish I'd thought about it before. thanks!
  11. I must have misheard - I thought you said there had been 2 DNFs and you've emailed the owner twice & want him to check or archive. Must get my hearing checked. yes...if he's not going to give advice or at least RESPOND politely. I took the time to research, to look, to look again & even to clean up some of the trash the CO obviously ignored when he placed the cache (it's in a notorious dump spot) and last checked the cache (when it was having camo issues). he was within a mile or so of the cache within weeks of the second DNF. did he check on it? if he did, post a log telling the DNFs they were off & it's still there. how else will we learn? I know where he was because I did my research. I looked up where HE'S been looking/logging, and it happened to be my first find just down the SAME road from his. cacher stalker? maybe. more interested in logging own finds than maintaining owns? maybe. Official word goes something like this... As the cache owner, you are also responsible for physically checking your cache periodically, and especially when someone reports a problem with the cache (missing, damaged, wet, etc.). You may temporarily disable your cache to let others know not to hunt for it until you have a chance to fix the problem. This feature is to allow you a reasonable time – normally a few weeks – in which to arrange a visit to your cache. In the event that a cache is not being properly maintained, or has been temporarily disabled for an extended period of time, we may archive the listing. ...and it's all I could ask for.
  12. now there is one I never heard before. she doesnt know how to use the 3 sea shells Now I'm curious... why would she use 3 sea shells in an outhouse? I think it's a reference to the movie "Demolition Man," where he didn't know how to use the 3 sea shells in the restrooms of the future. talk about a spoiler.
  13. The problem with being a new cacher is...you don't know what you don't know. It takes experience to really learn how to search well and to learn how things are hidden. Also, a cacher writing a missing note is TRYING to be helpful to the Cache Owner. They MAY (probably) be wrong but they are trying to be helpful with their note. Agreed on all points. thank you. well said.
  14. I must have misheard - I thought you said there had been 2 DNFs and you've emailed the owner twice & want him to check or archive. Must get my hearing checked. yes...if he's not going to give advice or at least RESPOND politely. I took the time to research, to look, to look again & even to clean up some of the trash the CO obviously ignored when he placed the cache (it's in a notorious dump spot) and last checked the cache (when it was having camo issues). he was within a mile or so of the cache within weeks of the second DNF. did he check on it? if he did, post a log telling the DNFs they were off & it's still there. how else will we learn? I know where he was because I did my research. I looked up where HE'S been looking/logging, and it happened to be my first find just down the SAME road from his. cacher stalker? maybe. more interested in logging own finds than maintaining owns? maybe.
  15. I believe a guy hid a light pole cache that's one of my DNRs. asked him to clarify spot but he won't reply. don;t give up hope. as you see more & more it gets easier & easier. and yes, this is coming from another newbie. main thing is TRY TO HAVE FUN. not always easy to do when you're hot, dirty, bloody & cacheless. a sense of humor is so totally necessary if you're going to be doing this. if you're enjoying yourself, don't quit!
  16. First, a question, did you verify the cache was still there? You had five finds the first week and none in the following seven weeks. As unlikely as it may seem, that second person may be right. I know noobs (and I am one) can often be wrong, but...sometimes they are right. Second, why delete DNF's? What I've seen and liked by cache owners is they will post a note in response to a DNF. In the case of the first one, you could write that the person's description doesn't match the GZ and suggest, in a nice way, they double check the coordinates they entered. For the second DNF, a note saying the GZ is not in a wash area (if that is the case) might be an appropriate response. Final thought...There is a learning curve to being a cacher, just as there is to being a cache owner. I have a great amount of appreciation to cache owners who are understanding and kind to the new kids as they learn. I've become a big fan of a couple of CO's just because of how they handle DNF's. I am also a newbie. As time's gone on, I've learned about GPS zapping out at ground zero (my first DNF I blamed on power lines). I've also learned that a DNF is usually a DNF when the cache's last 3-5 logs say DNF. My first DNF, I received some help from a fellow cacher & learned it's easy to overlook when conditions bite. My third DNF taught me I'm better at this than I thought (the cache really WAS gone). DNFs #2 & 3 belong to the same cache. Never a reply from the owner re: the DNFs. Have sent two emails asking if he plans on checking on it or if he has any hints in case I'm just having a blonde moment. No reply. Now what? My true DNF was archived almost immediately. That CO even suggested I try my hand at hiding (oh the ideas swimming in my head). This other seems to have a very active CO when it comes to hides & finds. He semi-recently posted a bitter sounding log regarding missing camo that makes me wonder if he's not one of the disgruntled ones. What do you do when a CO goes AWOL for a month?
  17. so what about people who aren't maintaining their caches? I've emailed an owner twice after 2 DNFs on his cache with no response. really bugs me. I'm not the only DNF recently, just THE most recent. I'm new & all but I'm thinking he should either check it or archive it. verdict?
  18. getting a little off topic here, aren't we? I understand including the gun, although I won't carry mine out caching, even if alone. too many variables. I used to take a small .38 with me when biking in the boonies alone (especially near the US/Mexico border). many times was glad I had it, tho never used it. too old for that now. take a man now instead. scary biker looking man. works great. less weight in my bag too. yesterday I wish I had heavy gloves & pruners with me. have many deep battlescars now from the trail that really wasn't a trail...but that's another story.
  19. LOVE the .45 auto idea! definitely a Texan.
  20. I'm a newbie but so far these have helped me... zip ties of varying sizes & colors Swiss army knife with pliers fine-tip colored Sharpies (for damp logs) bug repellent (in my car but swipes are good too) bags to pack out trash rubber gloves (had to use once) WATER! bandana extra reading glasses with Transitions lenses swag bag mace (seriously) small flashlight (mini-Mag-light or small LED light) my gps is my phone...which is also my camera. I recommend to everyone they bring a camera. if you don't find the cache, you can still enjoy the experience. since I'm still REALLY new at this & lately have had a pretty crappy streak, I suggest you bring a friend with a sense of humor & adventure that DOESN'T need glasses...but what do I know? happy hunting! note that my hunts have all been in-city. haven't ranged that far yet.
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